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REGISTER -> “Frederick Douglass in Cecil County,” virtual presentation -> Thurs., February 11, 2021 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

**Register via the Cecil County Public Library — HERE !! ***

(As a note, this virtual presentation is a re-scheduling of an in-person presentation originally planned for May 2020 at the Elkton Branch of the Cecil County Public Library.)

Original description below:


Join local history enthusiasts and community leaders for a debut presentation detailing the largely unknown history of Frederick Douglass visiting Port Deposit and speaking at a local church in Rising Sun in late 1885. Nearly a half-century before traversing interior Cecil County via railway, as a young man escaping slavery out of Baltimore City in the fall of 1838 Frederick (Bailey) Douglass passed over the Susquehanna and through Perryville.

Utilizing archival prints, maps, letters, newspapers and other resources, internationally known Douglassonian John Muller, who has previously presented on the lost and unknown history of visits Douglass made to Cambridge in Dorchester County, Denton in Caroline County and Centreville in Queen Anne’s County, will present “Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cecil County.”

Learn more about the friendship of Frederick Douglass and Port Deposit’s John Creswell, an 1874 visit Anna Murray Douglass made to Cecil County independent of her famous husband, as well as the extensive connections Douglass had with local Cecil County educational, political and theological leaders during the periods of Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction.

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“Frederick Douglass on the Eastern Shore and Cecil County” @ Cecil College – Career & Community Education, Sat., March 7, 2020

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This course explores the local history of Frederick Douglass through the Delmarva Peninsula with special emphasis on Cecil County, Maryland.

Class will offer an introduction to the biography of Frederick Douglass, one of the foremost leaders in the American Abolitionist Movement during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods of the 19th century. Discussions include the extensive travels and visits of Douglass throughout the Delmarva from Salisbury in Wicomico County to Centreville in Queen Anne’s County to Rising Sun in Cecil County.

Topics include consequential visits, connections and influences, religious communities, political and educational leaders, local history, slavery, American
Abolitionist Movement, African American communities in the 19th century, and
development of the transportation infrastructure in Cecil County.

Lecture will be held from 9am – 1pm.
Lunch in Port Deposit from 1:30 – 2:30pm.
Followed by walking tour of Port Deposit.

Students must be physically able to do walking tour for full two hours

Instructor: Muller
1 session, 6.5 hours
$69 persons under 60. $25 MD residents
over 60 (GZH620). $5 Senior Network
Members (SZH620).
Sec# Day Dates Times Location
01D S 3/7 9-1p PE E221
01D* S 3/7 2:30-4:30p Offsite
*01D – Tour of Port Deposit

Spring 2020 Course Schedule: PDF

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